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Snowing in Maple Leaf

December 27th, 2015 by Mike

Noon: The rain has changed to snow. (not quite in time for a White Christmas, but still….)

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A Christmas duck for Maple Leaf

December 25th, 2015 by Mike

On Christmas Day one of the ponds in Maple Leaf Reservoir Park hosted a Mallard.

(We saw one on Easter this year, too. It’s on the park bird list.)

Earlier this fall, just at dusk, we saw a shorebird in this same pond, which we’ve listed as a Dunlin.

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A second decorated tree appears at the park

December 24th, 2015 by Mike

Updates 3:30 p.m.

A second decorated tree has appeared at the north entrance to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

It was there last year, too.

Also, all the Maple Leaf ornaments have been taken from the Dog Oasis, but there may be more about town. Jesse Card writes: “There’s three other locations where I left them! Take a Christmas walk and keep your eyes open!”

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Christmas Eve power outage along Roosevelt N.E.

December 24th, 2015 by Mike

Power is back for Christmas!

Update 5 p.m.: These folks are still without power, five hours now.

Power is out (noon-thirty today) along portions of Roosevelt Way Northeast from about Northeast 102nd Street to Northeast Northgate Way.

About 70 neighbors are affected, according to Seattle City Light.

Cause: “Investigating. Equip Fail.”

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Custom Maple Leaf holiday ornaments – free!

December 24th, 2015 by Mike

Jesse Card posts on Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

“I made some neighborhood ornaments and have left them around in a few popular spots in the neighborhood. Take one!”

One of those spots is the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis, corner of 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street.

As of 10 a.m., there are a couple dozen ornaments at the Oasis. Come and get ‘em!

And, thanks, Jesse.

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Maple Leaf, Scout trees, survive 9+ inches rain

December 23rd, 2015 by Mike

In an email Tuesday the Scouts behind the Maple Leaf tree lot (a 70-year tradition) wrote:

Boy Scout Troop 151 has finished a successful Christmas Tree sale. We earned enough to finance our program for the upcoming year.

We would like to thank all our returning customers who tracked us down, and for their ongoing support. We want to thank all our new  customers, many who told us they found about our tree lot from Maple Leaf Life.

In a separate post on their Facebook page the Scouts thanked members for “their time and commitment to the many hours everyone spent in the rain at the tree lot.”

How much rain, you ask.

Here at Maple Leaf Life South we know the answer: During the time the tree lot was open – Nov. 28th to Dec. 22nd – it rained 9.13 inches in the neighborhood.

During that time the single wettest day was Dec. 9th, at 1.36 inches.

Cliff Mass is predicting possibly the wettest December in Pacific Northwest history.

The Scouts go on to say:

We would like to thank the following Maple Leaf businesses  for their support this year:

Maple Leaf Life – for help us promote our Tree Lot and program.

Glo Cleaners – Owner Steve has been a longtime supporter.

Maple Leaf Property Management – Owner Kit MacPherson provided signs and has been a longtime customer.

Father Mark, St. Catherine’s Church and School – They have been a great partner for our Troop for many years and  when we need a space for the tree lot, they were there with open arms.

Troop 151 is a parent-sponsored Boy Scout Troop. “We offer and outstanding leadership and outdoor education program for Scouts 10-17.

We meet Mondays at St. Catherine’s at 7 p.m.. All interested families can attend.

Thanks to all our customers and supporters.

This year’s Maple Leaf Park Solstice tree came from the Scout lot, we’re told.

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Happy Solstice, Maple Leaf! (the park tree returns)

December 21st, 2015 by Mike

The Winter Solstice is this evening, and for the second year a Solstice Tree has returned to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

It has lights, decorations, and an invitation to neighbors to bring ornaments to fully trim the tree.

Celebrate the return of light!

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A White Christmas here? (Also, trouble in the passes)

December 20th, 2015 by Mike

Monday update: The snow has officially made its way into the icons:

More good news: After the (possible) snow: Christmas Day should be partly sunny, 41 38 degrees.


Fact: Maple Leaf is the third-highest hill in Seattle – 466 feet outside the Blue Saucer on Roosevelt Way Northeast.

Fact: The current National Weather Service forecast discussion for Seattle notes:


By the way, the forecast discussion also notes that due to heavy snow, travel through the Cascade passes will be “difficult or impossible” at times Tuesday and Wednesday.

(Tweet by SeattleiteMag)

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Neighborhood gifts for the holidays? Crowdsource, anyone?

December 15th, 2015 by Mike

‘Tis the Week Before Christmas, and it occurs to us that local merchants could be a good source for holiday gifts.

For starters, there’s Maya Radocz’s hot shop just off 15th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 89th Street.

She’s been blowing glass right here in Maple Leaf for years. Here’s our piece from 2014.

Dmitri Carter at the Northwest Puppet Center emails:

This Friday (Dec. 18th) at 8 p.m. is a special evening of slapstick comedy!

PUNCH & JUDY, by Professor Peter Allen of Parasol Puppets

Mr. Punch is a classic figure in British puppet theatre and has been waving his slapstick around for centuries. Now is your chance to enjoy a true Punch & Judy show!

See Mr. Punch, his wife Judy, the little dog Toby, Joey the Clown, the Hangman and all the other favorite characters. Professor Peter Allen was born in London and began performing at the age of 8.

One night only for this special performance!

Admission: $5 or $10 (whichever works for you).

Tim Sherman, instructor at Metropolitan Music, located at 8414 5th Ave. N.E., emailed to let us know that holiday gift cards are available for guitar or ukulele classes.

Tim has been teaching students in our community since 1987–almost 30 years of helping children, teens and adults have fun with music. Please contact Tim directly for information about gift cards or to schedule lessons in Maple Leaf. 206-547-1772 or

The Maple Leaf Boy Scout tree lot is open, a little off the beaten path at Northeast 85 Street behind the Rez Tavern. Hours through Dec. 22nd: Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday – Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Who else knows of holiday treats right here in the neighborhood? Please leave them in comments, below.

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“Cozy” Maple Leaf new home/ski chalet in the news

December 11th, 2015 by Mike

Karen emails to point out the has this house as the centerpiece on its home web page.

(We don’t think she’s a fan.)

There’s a raft of photos from inside the $1.4 million home on Eighth Avenue Northeast at Northeast 92nd Street.

The real estate listing is here.

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Neighbor praises new police response to mail theft

December 10th, 2015 by Mike

Ten minutes.

That’s how long it took three police squad cars to arrive after a neighbor reported mail thieves in action.

Got them, too.

From an email this morning:

Yesterday afternoon I noticed two individuals (Caucasian female and Caucasian male, roughly mid 20s to early 30s) peering at homes, but otherwise just walking leisurely down the sidewalk (Eighth Avenue Northeast).

I readily acknowledge walking in the city isn’t a crime! They had no bags, and also didn’t have jackets, only sweatshirts (which I found odd as temperatures were in the low 50s).

Thirty minutes later I observed them with brown cardboard packages. He had a large package that appeared to be difficult to carry (2′ x 2′ x 2′) and she had 3-4 smaller packages.

I called 911 and provided the dispatcher with a description and the direction they were traveling.

Before SPD’s arrival, the male and female disposed of the packages (presumably storing them in a car or other location); they then started looking for more packages.

At that point, Seattle PD apprehended them (less than 10 minutes after my phone call, with 3 cruisers responding).

The response by the officers was swift and efficient. From my perspective, it was a significantly more positive experience than neighbors had 1-2 weeks ago (vehicles damaged). For reference, the incident # is 15-427242.

Let’s hope yesterday’s intervention slows down the holiday mail and package theft!

Also, see the Dec. 6th comment from Alarmed! in this recent post:

There seemed like a lot of signs of mail theft and we wanted the reminder to go get the mail when it arrived. Little did we know how often our chime would go off. Boy, were we shocked!

We’ve had the chime for a couple months now, and our mailbox has been opened by someone who is not us about once a week for at least the last 6 weeks. Usually on a weekend night. Usually around 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Occasionally 4-5 a.m. Usually when it’s raining. (more…)

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And now, a “drunken storm” after 4.5 inchs of rain

December 10th, 2015 by Mike

Noon update: Another third of an inch of rain since morning. Highest wind gust: 34 mph at 11:07 a.m.

Garbage cans and tree limbs litter the streets.


Nearly 4 1/2 inches of rain has fallen on Maple Leaf Life South so far this week – 4.44 inches, to be exact, as of 7 a.m.

And we’re enjoying serious rain now.

Cliff Mass has decided to dub the system now hanging off our coast a “drunken storm.”

Drunken Storm: a storm that circles around and has minimal forward motion, in contrast to normal storms that move rapidly to the east or northeast.

(Today), an usually powerful storm for our region will careen around in our offshore water for an extended period before making landfall. A very strong storm and unusual behavior.

It will be followed by a sober storm, with wind, this weekend.

The National Weather Service’s current discussion of all this distinguishes itself with the phrase: “A BENT BACK OCCLUSION OR STINGER JET.”

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“Darkest day,” inches of rain, plus windstorm

December 8th, 2015 by Mike

Update Dec. 9th: 1.31 inches of rain overnight here.

Over the last two days it’s rained 1.71 inches here at Maple Leaf Life South.

Much more is coming – with the possibility of another three inches by morning, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle….”These will likely pale in comparison to what we receive in the next 24 to 36 hours. Heavy rain will lead to flooding concerns on area rivers. In addition, windy conditions are expected at times through Wednesday.”

Cliff Mass has pointed out that Monday “was the darkest December day in Seattle in nearly 9 years”.

And then there’s the coming wind.


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Was there an armed carjacker chase in Northgate?

December 6th, 2015 by Mike

Update Dec. 8th: The Seattle Times has updated information here. The Seattle Police Department has more here.

The medical examiner’s office has not yet released the man’s identity. (And all mentions of the Northgate neighborhood in this incident are left behind.)

5 p.m. update with a link to the Seattle Police press release.

This afternoon brought an armed carjacking, a high-speed chase, shots fired…apparently in Sandpoint, Montlake, Wedgwood and – Northgate?

According to our news partner The Seattle Times:

We were out of position, but: Does anyone have any information about activity in Northgate/Maple Leaf?

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Still more mail theft reports in/around Maple Leaf

December 6th, 2015 by Mike

Lucas emails this weekend:

I’ve read (and re-read) the article and comments from the November mailbox break ins. –

I’m afraid to report that ours and several others locking mailboxes were pried open sometime between 11:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. this (Friday) morning. Ours was left hanging open with our junk mail left soaking wet. We live on Northeast 90th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast.

We’ve reported it to USPS and are filing a police report as well. It’s unfortunate that these events keep happening in our neighborhood. It makes me nostalgic for the time when we had mail slots in our house.

We’ll be placing our mail on hold and considering options for a mail service. The mailbox is, unfortunately, damaged to the point where it will no longer remain closed.

Earlier in the week Jesse (Victory Heights) mailed:

“Hi Maple Leaf Life,  I caught a package thief on camera and am wondering if there is a way I can send pictures your way to warn others?”
On Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf he added: “He’s wearing an old school emblem Mariner’s flat-billed cap and red and black buffalo checkered jacket and sunglasses. ”

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